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Processor Heatsinks

A CPU heatsink with 40mm fan attached (Graphic from Wikimedia commons)

Due to the amount of heat generated during normal computer operation modern processors require some method of temperature control. This task is generally carried out by a heatsink. This is an aluminium alloy device, equipped with fins, that is used to dissipate heat. As well as the heatsink processors will also have a small fan attached to help reduce the build-up of heat.

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